Six months after a proposed Altadena Indian restaurant received approval from the County Regional Planning Commission to serve alcohol, construction on the restaurant and a newly proposed banquet hall has begun.
A small outlying building that used to house a florist formerly sat on the corner but was demolished to make way for the 5,000 square foot structure. Concrete was being poured Thursday said Burke Farrar, who represents the property owner Dr. Nirmal Kumar.
Kumar runs a medical practice near the location and was planning to have a medical supply located in the rear of the new building, but the medical supply company pulled out due to building delays and relocated elsewhere.
Kumar has now proposed that the back of the building be a banquet hall, which requires a separate conditional use permit for the sale of alcohol so he must begin the process of applying for one all over again.
Tuesday’s Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting agenda contained an item for the requested conditional use permit for the sale of alcohol to be consumed on site and “live entertainment for a restaurant and banquet hall located in a new building” at 2535 Washington Boulevard.
Farrar said Tuesday’s meeting mostly involved a presentation and answering questions about the proposed banquet hall.
The conditional use permit for the banquet hall is in its “infancy,” Farrar told Patch, adding it needs to be reviewed by the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning and goes back before the Land Use Committee in February and the entire Altadena Town Council that month. He is hoping for a Planning Commission hearing in March.
An opening date for the restaurant and banquet hall has not been set, Farrar said, but he guessed it could take at least six months with the construction and permit process.
Check back on Patch for updates about the Indian restaurant and banquet hall as they become available.